These posts were originally posted on the YNAB forums and MoneySavingForums (a UK money management site), I am moving my journals across to WordPress to have them in chronological order, and because the YNAB forums are closing as of March 2022. I’m not sure how much of other people’s words I’m allowed to copy across from one site to another, so in some sections I may summarise conversations.
26th August 2021
So my prescription prepayment certificate has come due, and it looks like I set up my savings goal wrong, so I didn’t have the money to buy 12 months this time around. There isn’t a 6 month option, but I did have the money for a 3 month certificate, so I’ve extended the deadline and have a little more time to save – because of the money saved I’m already halfway to the 12 month price (that’s *after* paying for the 3 months) so I’ll get there before the next time it rolls around.
In response to a commenter pointing out you can set up a monthly Direct Debit
yeahhhh I thought of that after but eh, it all works out in the end
28th August 2021
So all in all it looks like the dogs vet visit has set me back £400.06 – which pre-YNAB would have been a devastating blow, but now I can just be like “ok we can deal with that”, which honestly frees up a lot of mental energy which now can be spent on panicking over whether I’m a good dog parent 🤦♂️
That £400 isn’t solely the vet bill, it’s also the taxi home from the vet, and online orders of some dental supplements the vet recommended for going forward, and some online order of a new pet food brand because his current kibble might not be the greatest, and also ordering some wet food online because he needs to have wet food for the next 10 days whilst his mouth heals, and finally some in store wet food for until the online order arrives and some chicken & eggs to make what I affectionally call “tummy porridge” for immediately after I got home from the vet yesterday
“Tummy porridge” is basically plain chicken, plain eggs, and plain rice, put through a blender into a porridge-like consistency because he will just pick out the chicken otherwise. It has literally 4 ingredients, including water. Its technically human safe I guess, though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
He’s mostly fine now, although he’s a bit tender round the mouth, but last night was horrible 😦 I think his pain meds had worn off but I wasn’t allowed to give him any more until morning, and he just kept pacing the room and crying. He had to have a few more extracted than we were expecting. The vet did tell me though that yorkshire terriers (of which he’s half) often have tooth problems, and it wont affect his quality of life yet, and my aunt said this isn’t unusual for a 5 year old dog, but I just feel bad I apparently wasn’t doing proper dental hygiene with him.
Anyway so I’ve had a pretty miserable couple of days. And when I go back for his check up on Tuesday I’ve got to start wrangling with the pet insurance and figure out how to make a claim for the first time in my life.
In response to commiserations from a commenter
The dog picked up a toy and chewed on it/wrestled with it this morning so his mouth must be a bit less tender today! Having trouble persuading him to eat official dog food though, he keeps shunning it in favour of tummy porridge haha
In response to a commenter saying “Tummy Porridge” sounded a lot like chicken fried rice
That was pointed out to me later by a friend haha
But obviously no salt, pepper, chilli, definitely no soy sauce… no seasoning… and then through a blender!
The individual elements are cooked though, I’m not giving him raw chicken, eggs or rice
A commenter said they dont do any dental hygiene with their dog as he was too nervous
My vet recommended this supplement called plaque off, its not as good as brushing their teeth but it’ll help a little
I’m not starting him on it until after his mouth has healed obv but I’m ordered two types, some kibble like treats you can sprinkle onto his regular kibble, and some powder/granules you can also sprinkle over his food
I’ve also seen water additives but the vet didnt mention those